To the Editor Dr Friedman’s article highlighted the current research and risk factors associated with suicide among US Army personnel.1 However, I was surprised when the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which includes members from all military branches, was discussed. Friedman suggested that the Command addresses the issue of suicide prevention “through a widespread emphasis on physical fitness” rather than focusing on identification and treatment of soldiers with disorders. His misperceptions of USSOCOM and their physical fitness program should be clarified.
Flatau PM. Suicide Among US Military Personnel. JAMA. 2015;314(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5742